Camden Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie realise they have quite similar ideas about what their Mum would like, but Ashlie soon gets distracted from the task in hand!

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Do you ever shop in markets in your country?
  • Think about markets in Britain. Do you think they will be the same as markets in your country, or different?

Watch Stephen and Ashlie go shopping in Camden Market in London.



Stephen: Here we are in Camden Lock Market. It’s a great place to go shopping and we need to buy a birthday present for our Mum. What do you think we should get her, Ash?

Ashlie: Well our Mum loves nice clothes and costume jewellery. So - I’m sure we’ll find something here.

Stephen: It's huge here, Ash. I’ll tell you what, let’s split up, see what we can find and I’ll meet you back here in one hour.

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you back here in an hour, then.

Stephen: Oh, Ash – can you lend me 50 quid?

Ashlie: 50 quid, eh?

Stephen: Don’t worry, you’ll get it back!

Ashlie: That should do it.

Stephen: Thank you.

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you back here later.

Stephen: See you!


Stephen: Wow, look at these! I’ve never seen one of these before. How much are these?

Shopkeeper: Five pound each.


Ashlie: Excuse me. Do you have this in another colour?


Stephen: Hiya – how’s it going?

Shopkeeper: Hi, very well. How are you?

Stephen: Good, thanks.

Stephen: I like these, how much are they?

Shopkeeper: Er, the leaf lights – they are £21.95.

Stephen: Hmm, I’m not sure she’ll like them. Can you help me? I’m looking for a birthday present for my mum. Any ideas?

Shopkeeper: What type of thing does she like?

Stephen: Well, she’s quite stylish – modern, I suppose.

Shopkeeper: Well, the yin yang’s really modern. What do you think of that?

Stephen: Hmm. What about that one over there?

Shopkeeper: Ah, the ball lights – lovely – it’s fifty pounds.

Stephen: Oh.

Shopkeeper: How about... forty, seeing as it’s your mother’s birthday?

Stephen: Twenty?

Shopkeeper: Twenty? That’s really cheap. How about I meet you halfway – twenty-five?

Stephen: Great, thanks mate. My Mum’s going to love this.

Shopkeeper: You’re welcome.


Ashlie: Aah - I'm running out of time…


Ashlie: Excuse me, how much is this?

Shopkeeper: Er, that’s fifty pounds.


Stephen: So? How did you get on?

Ashlie: Pretty good, I guess. I bought this fantastic candle holder. It was a little bit expensive, but I think Mum will love it. In fact I almost bought one for myself!

Stephen: Yeah… great – and look what I found!

Ashlie: Well, that is just crazy – how did we end up buying the same candle holder in this huge market??!

Stephen: I’ll tell you what we’ll do. You take this one. You said you almost bought one for yourself - and you lent me fifty pounds, right?

Ashlie: Right.

Stephen: So you take this one, I’ll get lunch and we’ll call it quits! Come on – it’s time to get something to eat. Lunch is on me, remember. Come on!

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Submitted by makkotta on Fri, 10/02/2017 - 14:22

Hi, I´m from Spain, I live in Madrid, we have a great and famous market, "El Rastro", Here you can find many things, new and the second hand, the prices normally are cheap, there are many people on this market.. highly recommendable!!

Submitted by irfankhattak on Fri, 10/02/2017 - 04:33

Hi Guys how are you hope all fine.

Submitted by Joaquim Reis on Thu, 09/02/2017 - 22:12

Hi! I'm from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. In downtown you can find SAARA a tradicional market with lots of small shops, where we can by anything.

Submitted by elvislu2017 on Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:40

Hi.Everybody. Elvis here. I come from China. And I love going to the market.It's a wonderful place where u can buy anything u want.

Submitted by Sara Lana on Wed, 08/02/2017 - 02:10

Hi! I'm from Brazil. In the big cities of Brazil, like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, you can find different markets. They sell clothes, food, art crafts...They aren't the same as markets in UK, but they are also nice.

Submitted by marieta90 on Sun, 05/02/2017 - 12:45

Hi everyone!!! I live in Greece. The market here is expensive although there are some shops where you can find cheap things.

Submitted by KHALED34 on Sat, 04/02/2017 - 10:50

hello every body i want to improve my English language what do you suggest to me I'm from algeria

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Submitted by RossoVusal on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:18

Hello form Baku, Azerbaijan. Baku has very expensive markets. You can see very expensive things while walking in markets or shops. That's why, sometimes customers complain about prices, and sometimes sellers agree with customers about price. Everybody hopes good bargains to every customers in here :)

Submitted by Mohamed Walid Nagga on Tue, 31/01/2017 - 20:19

Hi, Also in Tunisia, we have the same market when we can bargain over price

Submitted by TANIA LUCIA on Tue, 31/01/2017 - 12:13

Yes I do. I live in Brazil, and my country is very big. I live in a small city and don´t have a big store here

Submitted by Martín Rodríguez on Mon, 30/01/2017 - 09:31

Hello from Mexico Yes, it is... Sometimes I go to shop in market place from my city. There are special gifts for all people. Well I see the market in the video... i think than all market... yes, are the same. But, there are ones differents... Some market have delicious foods for eat... mmmh! See you soon friends.

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Submitted by Rings on Sun, 22/01/2017 - 19:46

yaa we also have markets but not quite same. Its more like small shops close to each other. I would love to shop over there in Britain. Im really impressed after seing the market area. And i find it really intresting because there are many choices even on one product.

Submitted by Basiunia on Sun, 22/01/2017 - 15:36

Hi, I come from Poland. In my country market remaind me always place where you can buy cheep vegetable and fruit. you always bargin price to pay. usually seler give you couple of piece for free. In my country market is open only one day a week. Everyone like our "market day"

Submitted by Hussein2017 on Sat, 21/01/2017 - 19:20

Hi my country syria we have more markets same ( sooq alhamedia )( town centre )similar camden in saudi arabia i currently live. there is more markets same panda, carrefore ,hyper panda & Tamimi Market etc>>

Submitted by duggixx on Sat, 21/01/2017 - 14:18

Yes I do. I live in Italy and here there are several different kinds of markets and department stores but i think that are different from markets in Britain, Here in Italy you can have a special relationship with the vendor with the possibility to negotiate the price of a product.

Submitted by Vartica Singh on Sat, 21/01/2017 - 02:18

What does it mean by 'Lunch is on me'?

Hello Vartica Singh,

When something is 'on me' it means that I will pay for it (and so the other person does not have to pay).


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Submitted by Sara Pereira Pinto on Wed, 18/01/2017 - 18:30

Yes, I do. Frequently i go to buy somethings. I prefer to buy clothes and shoes, I loveee shoes. There are in Brazil many location shops, it's a wonderful place to visit.

Submitted by mirko88 on Wed, 18/01/2017 - 07:43

I am from Montenegro. But now I live in Poland. I shopped regulary in my country. I suppose, there aren't so big choice of products like in Britain.

Submitted by jaaoinc_ on Tue, 17/01/2017 - 22:11

I am currently living in Brazil, however I was born in Colombia, we have some similar markets and you always could negotiate the sales price, in fact, it could be said that renenogiate is a part of the colombian people culture so the vendor makes his calculations based on that, so the final decisionl is up to the buyers.

Submitted by limabrasil4 on Tue, 17/01/2017 - 22:11

Yes, I do. I live in Brazil. I use to buy vegetables, rice, etc. London`s market are a group of differents business in only one place. Some of them are located in open areas. Usually on the street. Brazilian`s market are individually stores. There are Shopping Centers but it is a different kind of market. Thanks!

Submitted by lucassantos96 on Mon, 16/01/2017 - 20:38

Hello, I'm brazillian and this course is helping me a lot, thanks!

Submitted by Elmindo on Fri, 13/01/2017 - 18:06

I guess, in my country, the market is totally different, because here, everybody wants to take advantage over buyers, and sometime it is almost impossible to get some discounts. In London, for example...I love to go shopping there, because the price almost ever is stamped in front of the product that we are looking for, and sometimes is expensive, but you have opportunity to negotiated the price with the vendor.... but everything's in transparent way.... being opposite of brazilian vendor.

Submitted by Isabel Cristin… on Fri, 13/01/2017 - 00:29

Hi, I live in São Paulo Brazil and in my city they have some very nice fairs like the fair of the artesan in the square of the Republic and the stores of the street 25 of March

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Submitted by Aseel on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:38

actually i live in Jordan and to be honest i think that we do have some similar markets as te markets in britain and usually i do shopping from these kind of markets

Submitted by Elías Yaír Sánchez on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:30

Well, I from Mexico City, I think Sonora Market could be similar of Camden, you can find differents stuff like food, plant and traditional souvenirs. If you have the plan to visit be careful cause could be dangerous.

Submitted by Ahmed Taha Elroby on Mon, 09/01/2017 - 23:05

I live in Egypt. we have a lot of markets like Camden market ,Really i don`t love these markets to buy but i like walking there to watch and enjoy .I hope you all visit Egypt to have a lot of fun .

Submitted by ClaudiaCLobo on Thu, 05/01/2017 - 15:02

Hi. I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There are a lot of malls and sometimes we have those kind of markets on streets. Are amazing places to go and spend money. But that's the problem because the population is not rich. We must to take care.

Submitted by rrelias on Thu, 05/01/2017 - 14:44

Hello :) I`m from Brazil in a Southest region and here we have market like this one, but not a lot of.

Submitted by pvargas7 on Wed, 04/01/2017 - 19:14

I live in Puebla City, Mexico and in my city there are a number of shopping malls like this one.

Submitted by Noman Ghafoor on Sun, 01/01/2017 - 18:03

I live in Pakistan. There are a number of shopping malls in my city like this one.